Sean O'Connell Reviews The New Mutants

As part of the X-Men universe, The New Mutants follows a group of teenage mutants who come to terms with their newly formed abilities. The Marvel film stars Blu Hunt as Dani, Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana, Maisie Williams as Rahne, Charlie Heaton as Sam, and Henry Zaga as Bobby. Directed by Josh Boone, the film’s initial release had been delayed since 2018, but is now in theaters. YouTuber Sean O’Connell, managing director of the channel CinemaBlend, shares his thoughts on the latest edition to the X-Men universe.

The movie just has this outdated feel to it. Every time that they are in the common area of this facility … for whatever reason Josh Boone just puts Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the television as a reference point and Buffy hasn’t been a popular television show for years.

The overall feel to this film was quite disappointing, says O’Connell, who feels the timing of the release was too late in showcasing some of the upcoming young stars along with the movie plot feeling somewhat flat in its execution for an interesting premise. The YouTuber feels the mix between comic book genre, which is usually an origins story; and the horror genre, which is usually scary; did not succeed in pulling any of those positive attributes into the film. In the end you get a lackluster, watered down version of both, claims O’Connell:

Danielle Moonstar is able to sort of make you manifest and see your worst nightmares and fears come true. The movie tries to sprinkle that into what the new mutants fear the most but those things are super watered-down PG versions of horror rated things.

However, the YouTuber feels the casting of the characters were exceptional in that as the audience, we are able to really invest into these characters and what they are going through. O’Connell notes Blu Hunt’s and Anya Taylor-Joy’s performance as excellent examples of how the characters are able to draw in the audience, giving us a glimpse into this universe. It’s unfortunate the movie does not live up to the potential of all these characters, says O’Connell.

YouTuber Sean O’Connell, managing director of the channel CinemaBlend, rates and reviews movies and TV shows regularly.